Washington, D.C. – The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) is pleased to announce the launch of its Virtual Wall of Faces for the Australian fallen on April 25, 2015, also known as a day of remembrance for all who served and sacrificed, ANZAC Day. The Australian Wall of Faces will be an online memorial dedicated to the more than 500 Australians who made the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.
In addition to showing the photographs of the 521 Australians who fell during the Vietnam War, the Australian Wall of Faces will allow families and friends to honor these Australian heroes by leaving remembrances, stories, and additional photos for every veteran. This online memorial will help VVMF ensure the service and sacrifice of our veterans is never forgotten. The Wall of Faces page goes beyond the number of those lost and shares the legacies of our veterans. You can visit it here.
Australians have fought beside U.S. service members in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and current conflicts. During the Vietnam War, Australia sent its Army, Navy and Air Force to assist in the war effort, including nearly 42,000 Army, just under 13,000 Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and over 4,700 Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) personnel. In all, 521 Australian service members died as a result of the war, and more than 3,000 were wounded
“The Australians were America’s steadfast allies during the Vietnam War,” said Jim Knotts, CEO of VVMF. “We are grateful for their service and it is only fitting that we recognize them for their service at the future Education Center at The Wall where they will one day be honored.”
The future Education Center will provide a rich educational experience by showing the pictures and telling the stories of those who lost their lives in Vietnam as well as displaying the more than 400,000 items left at the Wall in Washington, D.C.
The Wall of Faces launch comes five years after the Australian government’s $3 million gift to build the Education Center at The Wall. This was the first government institution to donate to the Education Center, and the first foreign gift the Center has received.
“We are proud to honor the brave men of Australian armed forces who lost their lives during the Vietnam conflict,” Knotts continues. VVMF is dedicated to remembering those who served in the armed forces and those who continue to serve today.
About VVMF and the Education Center at The Wall
Established in 1979, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., promoting healing and educating about the impact of the Vietnam War.
The Education Center at The Wall will be a place on our National Mall where our military heroes' stories and sacrifice will never be forgotten. With plans to begin construction in 2016, the Center is a technologically-innovative learning facility to be built on the grounds of the Vietnam Veterans and Lincoln Memorials. Visitors will better understand the profound impact that the Vietnam War and other wars had on their friends and family members, their hometowns and the nation. The Center will feature the faces and stories of the more than 58,000 men and women on The Wall, honoring those who fell in Vietnam, those who fought and returned, as well as the friends and families of all who served. The Center will also celebrate the legacy of service that links the heroes of America’s past to those still serving today.
Learn more about the Education Center at The Wall by visiting www.vvmf.org or by calling
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